A monthly show hosted by Professor Ron Block, Rowan University College of Communication, on the 4th Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m.
Host Ron Block is joined by the editorial staff and contributors to Rowan University's Avant magazine. The staff details their background as writers, the editorial process involved with their work, and more.
Rowan University professor Ron Block speaks with Rich Handley and Joseph Berenato, editors of the book, "A Long Time Ago: Exploring the Star Wars Cinematic Universe." They talk about Star Wars' popularity, how timeless it is, and the excitement of the new movie in the series. They look at the future of the series and why the original was so successful.
Rowan University professor Ron Block speaks with Katie Budris, a Rowan faculty member and author of the book, "Prague In Synthetics." She talks about her experience as editor-in-chief of Glassworks Magazine, a publication of Rowan University's Master of Arts in Writing program.
Rowan University professor Ron Block speaks with Gerard Brown, a writer, painter, and assistant professor at Temple University. His work is being shown at the Rowan University Art Gallery until May 9. The two discuss Brown's work with symbol-based communication, and translating words and paintings into coding systems.
This episode's guest is Julia MacDonnell Chang, also known by her pen name Julia MacDonnell. She is a creative writing professor at Rowan University. Her work has appeared in the Boston Globe, New York Daily News, North Dakota Quarterly, American Literary Review, and the Alaska Review. She is the creative non-fiction editor of Philadelphia Stories and is the author of two novels. She talks about her books as well as her experiences in writing.
Rowan University professor Ron Block speaks with student members from Rowan's literary magazine, Avant, about poetry, the magazine, and more.
Ron Block speaks with Rowan University Professor Ned Eckardt. Professor Eckardt is the author of Documentary Filmmakers Handbook which is the complete guide to all phases of documentary production. He talks about the great growth of documentaries in recent years and explains that this is the age of the documentarian.
Ron Block speaks with the author of a collection of poetry called The Edge of Known Things, Kelly Madigan. Kelly talks about how her lifestyle is characterized by simplicity and travel and how that reflects in her work. She also reads a few poems from the collection.
Rowan University Creative Writing Professor Ron Bloc with award winning author, R.G. Evans. R.G. Evans talks about his book, Over Tipping the Ferrymen, the inspiration behind the books title, and how his work has changed over the years. He also reads some of his poems from the book.
Rowan University Creative Writing Professor Ron Block speaks with editors and readers of Rowan Universitys Avant magazine; Hannah, Mike and Alex. The three of them discuss the literary magazine and the editorial process behind it. They also each read a piece of literature from the most recently published edition of Avant magazine.
With the Holiday Season approaching, Rowan University Creative Writing Professor Ron Block sits down with his colleague Professor Martin Itzkowitz. Professor Itzkowitz reads a collection of Holiday stories and poems for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas.
Rowan University Creative Writing Professor Ron Block speaks with children's and young adult author Lisa Jahn-Clough. Lisa talks about her most recent young adult novel, "Nothing But Blue," and how it was inspired by the story of someone she knew many years ago. She also talks about young adult books as a genre and how having a fellow author as a husband helps greatly with the writing process.
Rowan University Creative Writing Professor Ron Block speaks with the Curator of Rowan Universitys newest Art Exhibit, Mary Salvante. Mary talks about the new exhibit, titled Dialogic, and how it explores the relationship between images and words as imagined by contemporary visual artists.
Rowan University Creative Writing Professor Ron Block spoke with the Editor-in-Chief of Avant magazine, Alex Grover. Alex talks about the student run magazine and the unbiased submission process that a writer has to go through in order for them to submit a piece to it. Alex also reads a few pieces of poetry from the literary magazine.
Steve Almond, author of nonfiction and short stories including Candyfreak : A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America and God Bless America: Stories. Almond discussed his life-long devotion to candy and what drove him to devote an entire work of nonfiction to it. He also talked about the differences in self-publishing versus a publishing company putting out his work. For more information, visit http://stevealmondjoy.com/.
Poet and Rowan alum Joan Hanna joined host Ron Block to discuss and share readings from her new collection of poems, "Threads." Hanna talked about the personal situations that inspired many of her poems and how she keeps her writing so candid.
Host and Rowan University professor Ron Block spoke with Ed Briant, illustrator, musician and author of the new young-adult novel I Am Not The Walrus. Briant, who grew up in the UK, explained why he set the novel in a town much like the one he grew up in and music's influences in the story. Later, Briant explained what took him from illustration to writing novels. Finally, he shared upcoming projects from a picture book with his wife to a graphic novel.
Rowan University Creative Writing Professor Ron Block spoke with the student writers and and editors for Avant Magazine, Rowan's student-run literary magazine. Alex Grover, editor-in-chief, Lauren Wainwright, editor, and Gabby Ostipovich, editorial board member shared their experiences with the magazine and read their own pieces. They spoke about various influences and preferred genres that they enjoy.
In a special Halloween edition of Writers' Roundtable, Rowan University Writing Arts professor Ron Block spoke to Andrew McDougall, who spent ten years working as an interpretive park ranger at the Edgar Allan Poe National Historical Site, the last remaining Poe residence from the time Poe lived in Philadelphia (1838-1844). This was Poes most productive period, during which he wrote many of his most famous works, including The Tell-Tale Heart, and The Black Cat."
Host and Rowan University professor, Ron Block spoke with Martin Fairwell, director of the Dodge Poetry Festival, the biggest poetry festival in the country, held in Newark, NJ from October 11th-October 14th. Fairwell outlined different features and programs offered over the four-day festival as well as different poets that will be attending. He also went over what goes into planning the next festival, which happens every even numbered year.
Host Ron Block spoke with Greg Kosmicki, a poet and social worker from Omaha, Nebraska. Kosmicki founded The Backwaters Press in 1997 and shared the history of the Press. Later, Kosmincki spoke about notable authors he's published in The Backwaters Press. In addition, Kosmicki mentioned the privilege of publishing some of his former teacher's work.
Host Ron Block discussed the projects of Avant, a student-published literary magazine at Rowan University, with Kara Rothenberg, editor in chief, Alex Grover, treasurer, and Lauren Wills, staff member. Each student read their own work that was published in the most recent edition of the magazine. In addition, Rothenberg explained how the submission process works. Finally, work from other students was read and discussed.
Host Ron Block sat down with Scott McCloud, a comic book writer and the speaker at the College of Communication's Presidential Lecture series. McCloud explained how he got into comics and the transition from superhero comics to other genres in comics. In addition, McCloud described the cultural differences in comics. He described comics as an art form. For more information and to purchase McCloud's books, log onto www.scottmccloud.com.
Author and Rowan University Professor Lisa Jahn-Clough joined host Ron Block to discuss her children's books and young adult novels. Jahn-Clough explained how she began creating short picture books following college to eventually making it into a career. She also mentioned that all of her children's books are autobiographical. Later, she described her writing process in terms of her young adult novels. For more information, you can head over to http://www.lisajahnclough.com/
Joe Samuel Starnes, author of "Fall Line" joined host Ron Block to discuss his work. Starnes, a journalist as well, talked about the plot of "Fall Line," some artistic techniques he used as well as a bit of information about the characters. The entire story in "Fall Line" spans over only one day and creates an interesting look at the South during the mid 1950's.
Ron Block speaks with James Zuback, Alex Grover, Cara Rothenburger, editors of Avant Magazine.
Professor Ron Block talked with Mark Sanders, a poet, essayist, short story writer, and the editor of Sandhills Press. Most recently, he and Steven Meats edited an edition of The Midwest Quarterly devoted to Nebraska poetry.
Rowan University Creative Writing Professor and host Ron Block spoke with Rowan alumni Joe Carlo, Justin Davis, and Nisa Lee about their experiences at the university, life after college, and the evolution of their literary work.
Rowan University Creative Writing Professor and host Ron Block spoke with author of "A Sandhills Ballad", Ladette Randolph about her journey to develop character identity and life in a mid-western small town.
Rowan University Creative Writing Professor and host Ron Block spoke with Rowan students Dan Attamante, Alexandra Voglesong, and Cara Rothenberg about the campus literary magazine "Avant". They group discussed how poems are selected for publication and their literary journeys.
Host Ron Block spoke with poet and retired family therapist Sharon Charde about grief and dealing with sudden loss. They also talked about Charde's new book, Branch In His Hand, a collection of poems about the struggles of handling grief.
Rowan University Creative Writing Professor and Host Ron Block spoke with author Laura Hladik about her book Ghost Hunting New Jersey. She discussed her experiences chasing ghosts in New Jersey.
Professor Ron Block speaks with Martin Farawell about the Dodge Poetry Festival in Newark, NJ and the fight to hold it despite the recession.
Host Rowan University Professor Ron Block speaks to Tim Hunt about his poetry, his use of imagery and his inspirations as Hunt recites some of his work from his collections, "Fault Lines."
Host Ron Block talks with Jackie Cassidy and Steven Harbold about their thesis work, how their work evolved and where their work will go.
Ron Block sits down with the author of Any Moment, a book about home garden, baseball and the summer months. It's the perfect book to read to remind you of the wonderful summer days.
Host Ron Block sits down with the student editors of the Avant Magazine.
What do you need know to raise a squirrel? Ron Block sits down with the author from the book "An acorn for Emily."
Host Ron Block spoke with spoken word poet Sarah Kay who has performed on HBO's Def Poetry Jam. She shared with Ron some of her thoughts on writing and performing poetry on a national stage.
Recording of a tribute to Denise Gess, professor and author, who passed away on August 22nd, 2009. The episode features tributes from colleagues, students, and friends.
Students talk about creating and editing "Avant," Rowan's undergraduate literary magazine. Students read their poems and explain the ideas behind them.
Host Ron Block sits down with the editors of 322 Review.
Host Ron Block sits down with 3 writer's at different points in their careers. Justin Davis is an undergraduate at Rowan University and the head of "Avant" magazine on campus, Joan Hannah recently graduated with her major in writing and Amy Brown is a professor at Rowan University.
As a part of the Harrah's Emerging Writers Series, Thaddeus Rutkowski joins host Ron Block to speak about his newest novel, Tetched, and about his writing in general
Host Ron Block talks with Mimi Schwartz, a professor at Richard Stockton College. Mimi Schwartz is the author of 3 books on writing, including "Writing True: The Art and Craft of Creative Non-fiction," and multiple essays published in anthologies and magazines. She also talks about her new book "Good Neighbors, Bad Times: Echoes of My Father's German Village."
Host Ron Block interviews editors and contributors to the student literary magazine.
Host, Rowan University Professor, Ron Block sits down with Cheryl Grady Mercier and Ethel J. David, co-authors of "My lover the Rabbi, my husband the doctor: What more could a Jewish girl want?" Ethel talks about her life experiences, spanning 92 years. Also, Ethel and Cheryl discuss how they came to meet and write their book.
Author and educator Barbara Solem-Stull joins host Ron Block to speak about her latest book, 'Ghost Towns and Other Quirky Places in the New Jersey Pine Barrens.' Loaded with easy-to-use maps and over 100 photographs and illustrations, the book provides driving directions and self-guided walking tours of many of the Pine Barrens most intriguing historic sites and ruins.
Editor, publisher, musician, and writer Christine Weiser speaks with host Ron Block about her debut novel, Broad Street. The new book follows the adventures of a fictional, all girl rock group through the mid-nineties Philadelphia music scene.
Robert Sans Jr, author of books documenting Glassboro & surrounding communities, shares information about his research. He speaks about the history of this area and how he procured the photographs, which reveal different times of these ever-changing towns.
Host Ron Block spesaks with students involved with the latest Avant literary magazine. They discuss the creation of the most current issue and the students read various selections .
Ron Block interviewed Sandra Dolby, this year's guest speaker for the Harrah's Emerging Writing Series, presented by the Department of Writing Arts.
Rowan grads share their literary works and speak about their jobs and opportunities since earning a master's degree in the writing program.
Ron Block interviews poet and monologist Doug Collura. Doug Collura is the author of 'Things I Can Fit My Whole Head Into', and he is an accomplished performer.
Host Ron Block interviews Linda DiFeterici of Eadon's Place. They discuss the continuous internet radio broadcast of spoken word performances at Eadon's Place.
Host and Rowan University professor, Ron Block is joined by the contributors, editors, and members of the creative magazine, Avant. Guests on the show include: Joel Frank, Alex Hacharek, Robert Press, and EJ Horacheck. The show features readings and discussion of works from the latest edition of Avant.
Host Ron Block sat down with contributors and editors of Rowan University's Avant magazine. Guests include Nissa Lee, Angela Colligan, Anthony Belushio, and Jeffrey Hill. recited their work from the current issue.
Nebraska poet Marjorie Saiser shares stories about how she wrote and created her poetry. Miss Saiser also shares her poetry with host Ron Block.
Host Ron Block is joined by Eric Knight, a park ranger at the Edgar Allen Poe National Historic Site in Philadelphia, PA.
In this edition of Writers' Roundtable, Creative Writing professor Ron Block discusses the upcoming Dodge Poetry Festival with Rowan English professor and poet William Freind. Perhaps the best known poetry festival in the country, the Dodge Poetry Festival will run from September 28 to October 1, 2006 at Waterloo Village in Stanhope, NJ. Today's program will feature clips from a previous interview with James Haba, retired Rowan Professor and the festival's director, as well as samples from the p
In this edition of Writers' Roundtable, Creative Writing professor Ron Block interviews Greg Kosmicki, author of many books of poetry including his latest Some Hero of the Past.